Phoenix upstart punk rock band, The Blankz could very well be the clown princes (and Princess) of punk.  Their debut track, “White Baby” is the true to life story of singer, Tommy  Blank who as a young baby was adopted by a Hispanic family. He’s  gone  through life not knowing who your parents were! This first release by The Blankz can  best  be described as a percolating a hyperactive cartoon hardcore colored with a noticeable bit of “Old School” L.A. Punk. Their debit E.P., “White Baby” w/ B-side “Sissy Glue” was produced by Meat Puppets bass player, Cris Kirkwood and released by Phoenix, AZ. punk label… Slope Records…

Tommy Blank

All their songs are frantically fast and very short (A duration of under two minutes) and no more than three chords!  “White Baby” has goofball lyrics that are semi-intelligible with chuckle-some metaphors. Add to the equation… some pretty lethal surf keyboards… done by Nikki Blank ( Oh, they’re not married.. all the members have Blank as their last name).The Blankz style in addition to their infantile humor removed them from the artlessly disheveled, fashionably dour stance of bands like the Germs and Weirdos. I would be remiss if I didnt  remind people that anyone that tells you that they’re trying to change the world through punk rock – especially from  the West Coast – is full of shit. I mean, how bad can your problems be.. Is there anything else that a band needs to write about Trumpism??? Remember all the talk about the “great wall” between Mexico and the U.S. “White Baby” says it all!

In contrast to British punk bands, The Blankz are intentionally offensive and mindfully inspired by trashy movies joined with pop savant camp…If anything they are an entertaining romp by transforming arena rock chords with bubble gum pop… basically The Ramones crossed with L.A. comedic hardcore greats The Dickies.

The Dickies

The Dickies, formed in 1977 and perhaps the world’s longest-running punk band, are still needling the rich rock stars who came before them. Stan Lee and singer Leonard Graves Phillips formed the band with the idea that the Clash were too political and serious and they much preferred the cartoonish entertainment value of forebears like the Ramones and the Damned. Phillips has a high, nasally voice, and Lee’s ringing guitar chords complemented his style. At first they did fast-and-loud covers of rock classics like Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid”, and The Moody Blues’, “Nights In White Satan” but over time they began writing quick, subversive masterpieces like “Manny, Moe and Jack” and “I’m Stuck In A Pagoda With Tricia Toyota”. It wasn’t all laughs for the Dickies..Drug problems slowed them down considerably in the 1980s; but they have continued playing and recording sporadically to the present day. Guitarist, Chuck Wagon committed suicide in 1981 and drummer, Jonathan Melvoin passed from a heroin overdose….

I got a chance to have an exclusive interview with Tommy Blank…

Rock Bands of L.A.com.:What’s the music scene like in Phoenix? I’m not surprised if there’s some scene there…Especially the Punk movement? Are there clubs that book you?
TOMMY BLANK: Phoenix is very spread out and compartmentalized. It’s a great scene in many ways, and well established, but fragmented. We are hoping to bring people together and have fun. There are some really great clubs and venues in Phoenix that support punk rock.
Rock Bands of L.A.com:How did the band come to be????
TOMMY BLANK: After watching all the other bands on the label have fun, I decided to do a band of my own. Jamie Blank and I wrote some songs and we got Nikki, Andy, and Johnny to fill out the lineup and we started making records.
Rock Bands of L.A.com.: In your bio it says you grew up listening to The Ramones, Devo and The Spits… but I also think Blink 182 and Green Day.. are there too… What music were you listening to when you were growing up??? Parents tastes?
TOMMY BLANK: Ha…Blink 182 and Green Day? Oh boy. Don’t get me started. I was listening to bands like Circle Jerks, Dr. Know, The Damned, Devo, English Dogs…my parents were into Country & Western and Tejano music.
Rock Bands of L.A.com:   The track “White Baby”… that you were adopted by a Hispanic couple…I’m sure they were loving and all… As you hit your teen years there was no thought of assimilation. You were “white” and your parents were “Hispanic”… Did your friends treat you cruelly? Do you have any siblings?
TOMMY BLANK: I’m lucky to have a big family that was very loving. It was tough, though, growing up and knowing I was different. Kids were cruel, for sure, I heard all comments they could think of.
Rock Bands of L.A.com:  Do you have plans to come to Los Angeles… A tour of some kind?
TOMMY BLANK: We are going to spend the rest of 2018 writing and recording, but yes, we will come to Los Angeles in 2019. We are looking forward to it.
The End.
We at Rock Bands of L.A.com wants to thank Tommy Blank ( akaThomas Lopez) for his helps and candor.. Also press lady..Jocelyne Valverde at Fly PR….